Page last updated on Sat Feb 06 04:16:51 EST 2016
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 02:30 AM EDT

Red Sox 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia was in the lineup Tues. against the Yankees in spite of a broken finger on his left hand the team thought would sideline him for the last 2 games of the season.

“I like playing; it is fine,” Pedroia announced before the game. “Shoot, I’m able to compete 2 more games and then I have to sit around half a year and wait till I get to do it again. I have got nothing else to do apart from play football with a 3-year-old.”

Pedroia did not play Monday, and that was believed he would miss what’s left of the regular season. But Pedroia indicated that he would see how his finger felt and “try to get out there.”

Pedroia expounded Tues. that a doctor told him he could play depending on the discomfort, adding: “It does not hurt so bad.”

Manager Bobby Valentine asserted he had been assured that Pedroia cannot injure himself more by playing. “They asserted it’s only and I’m referencing only, a pain-tolerance situation.”

Asked if he was impressed that Pedroia insisted on playing the final 2 games of a lost season, Valentine recounted, “I don’t care about the situation; if anybody has been watching, and I’m sure everybody has, how you are able to miss it? Dustin always does more than you might ever expect anybody to do on a baseball field, whether it’s running to first, fielding a ball or mounting up for that day’s activity; he’s extraordinary.

“Was I surprised when I got the text that stated that he announced he’s fine? I fell off my bike, literally. And I’m not sure why I was surprised.”

“We’ve got a lot of young guys on our team,” Pedroia claimed. “Sometimes you get nicked up, stuff like that is a part of the job, you get beat up sliding into bases, get your finger stepped on, whatever. They know that I’m going to be out there and they ought to be out there, as well, if it happens to them. It is a team.”

Pedroia also wanted to show critics that the Red Sox, who had lost 6 in a row heading into Tues. and 10 of their last 11, aren’t just playing out the string. Basketball odds

“We’re playing to win,” recounted Pedroia, who said will wear a protective device on the finger. “Not like you all think that we’re packing it in. We aren’t packing it in.”

The Red Sox called the injury an avulsion fracture of the ring finger of his left hand. The injury is anticipated to heal without surgery.

Pedroia’s season was hampered in by multiple injuries to his right thumb. On May 28, he tore the adductor muscle in the thumb. He did not go on the DL, although he missed 7 games and his performance at the plate suffered noticeably.

On July 3, Pedroia hyperextended the same thumb while diving for a ball in Oakland and was placed on the DL. There had been concern that he would miss considerable time with the injury, but he returned after just 2 weeks.

Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
FOOTBALL: 11/3/2015 - 2/7/2016
BASKETBALL 2/9/2016 - 3/7/2016
HOCKEY 2/9/2016 - 3/7/2016
RK Team
Golden State Warriors
Oklahoma City Thunder
Florida State
Oklahoma City Thunder
InternationalsITALY at FRANCE06:25 AM PST
InternationalsENGLAND at SCOTLAND08:50 AM PST
College BasketballKansas vs TCU09:00 AM PST
College BasketballNC State vs Duke11:00 AM PST
College BasketballIowa State vs Oklahoma State11:00 AM PST
College BasketballMichigan State vs Michigan11:00 AM PST
College BasketballStanford vs California1:00 PM PST
College BasketballFlorida vs Kentucky1:00 PM PST
College BasketballPurdue vs Maryland1:00 PM PST
College BasketballArizona vs Washington1:30 PM PST
NBATrail Blazers vs Rockets2:05 PM PST
College BasketballNorth Carolina vs Notre Dame4:00 PM PST
UFCArtem Lobov vs A White4:00 PM PST
NBAWizards vs Hornets4:05 PM PST
NBAPistons vs Pacers4:05 PM PST
UFCM Jackson vs Mickey Gall4:30 PM PST
NBANets vs 76ers4:35 PM PST
NBAPelicans vs Cavaliers4:35 PM PST
College BasketballBaylor vs West Virginia5:00 PM PST
NBABulls vs Timberwolves5:05 PM PST
NBAMavericks vs Grizzlies5:05 PM PST
UFCD Rivas vs N Lahat5:05 PM PST
NBALakers vs Spurs5:35 PM PST
UFCJ Scoggins vs Ray Borg5:35 PM PST
NBAThunder vs Warriors6:05 PM PST
NBAJazz vs Suns6:05 PM PST
UFCD Lewis vs D Grabowski6:05 PM PST
UFCKJ Noons vs J Burkman6:30 PM PST
UFCM Pyle vs S Spencer7:05 PM PST
UFCAlex Nicholson vs Misha Cirkunov7:35 PM PST
UFCZ Makovsky vs J Benavidez8:00 PM PST
UFCR Cavalcante vs Ovince Saint Preux8:30 PM PST
UFCJered Rosholt vs R Nelson9:00 PM PST
UFCStephen Thompson vs J Hendricks9:30 PM PST
NFLPanthers vs Broncos3:30 PM PST